It seems that it is pretty much carved in silicon that the VIA Chipsets suck. There were problems with the older chipsets, and now even the latest KT266A chipsets have been reproted to have PCI bandwidth issues. Opus pointed us to this article http://www.tecchannel.de/hardware/817/7.html addressing the issues with the pci bus. The article explains that an independant programmer took steps to correct the issue, but no software solution is going to fix an underlying hardware issue brought on by creating a product (VIA chipset) that is not up to spec (PCI). There are numerous posts of problems on VIAs own website posted by dissatisfied VIA chipset users, which even include the latest and "greatest" KT266a chipset. Toms Hardware
I have been looking into alternatives to the VIA chipset, without much success.
I am looking for an AMD XP main board that supports ATA100 and that has at least 3 DIMMs. I don't want onboard audio or video.
I couldn't find anything like this. Are there any up and coming boards I could check into?
One guy I spoke with on irc said he had the ecs k7s5a, sis735 chipset mobo. But it popped and clicked during use of Winamp while burning a cd. Surely it would hicup while doing some serious audio work? I can't really determine that given the lack of info though.
I want to go with AMD soo bad. You get more bang for the buck w/ AMD, but without a solid chipset, you are left with nothing.
I already bought my AMD cooler and shim, which I guess I can return to http://www.coolerguys.com In the end, it would be better than having a "defective" VIA board. Any suggestions would be great.